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May 19, 2002: New Emirates terminal opens at Dubai airport

Today in History: May 19, 2002: New Emirates terminal opens at Dubai airport

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Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates airline tours the area after inaugurating the new Check-in facility for the Emirates First & Business class passengers at Dubai Internatinal Airport. - Gulf News Archive
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New Emirates terminal opens at Dubai airport

2002 - Emirates’ new First and Business Class check-in terminal at Dubai International Airport was opened by Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and CEO of Emirates airline and Group. The present Business Class lounge is being expanded, and Emirates is preparing designs for a dedicated passenger concourse beside the current terminal, with 28 departure gates to handle 20 million people a year. Built between the departures and arrivals, it has six First and 10 Business Class check-ins and eight express check-in counters for passengers with hand luggage only, an innovation particularly attractive to those on day trips. To make it as effortless as possible, the terminal has separate access to fast-track immigration.

May 19

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1792 - Russia invades Poland, resulting in the second partition of the country.

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1900 - Simplon Tunnel, the world’s longest railroad tunnel, 19 kilometres long, opens.

1916 - Britain introduces Daylight Savings Time.

1926 - American inventor Thomas Edison speaks on the radio for the first time, at a dinner for National Electric Light Association in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

1935 - T.E. Lawrence, also known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, dies in England.

1967 - Soviet Union ratifies treaty with US and Britain banning nuclear weapons in outer space.

1975 - Junko Tabei of Japan becomes the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

1984 - Ajman cement factory is inaugurated.

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